Word for Wednesday

And she said, the glory is departed from Israel, for the ark of God is taken. 1 Samuel 4:22

Our text indicates that Eli’s daughter-in-law appears to have been much more spiritual than her husband. Although a priest serving in the Tabernacle of God, Phinehas was an evil and vile man who abused his position. But when the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant, and killed Eli’s two sons, Phinehas’ widow lamented, not her husband’s death, but the capture of the Ark. She understood that the Ark represented the presence of God and therefore the nation’s glory, and it broke her heart that it was gone. We don’t know this woman’s name, but we do know that her spiritual discernment would detect much of the same calamity if she were with us today.

The Ark of the Covenant represented God’s presence. When it was gone, Israel could not claim that presence. The enemies of God and His people had taken the ark. The enemies of God and His people are still at it today. Bibles and prayer are disappearing from our public schools as God’s enemies seek to banish His presence from among the children. The last time I looked, the Bible was still in our courtrooms, for witnesses to swear oaths upon, but that will probably change soon. Society has relegated ‘religion’ to a small ceremonial spot in many ways as the world seeks to remove God and any mention of His name from all of their activities. Christians, in whom the Holy Spirit dwells, are ridiculed as old fashioned and fanatical and even dangerous to their so-called rights to unbridled immorality and perversion. The hateful, vengeful, repressive, and violent Allah of Mohammedanism is being elevated to a higher status than the holy, loving, and majestic God of the Bible.

False religions such as Islam, the cults, evolution, and global warming (yes, evolution and global warming are religions) have also been powerful tools in the hands of God’s enemies, to remove the presence of God from our midst or to so confuse people that any ideas they have about God are totally wrong. Western society’s apathy toward God and the Gospel is terribly sad.

As the glory has departed from our society, we desperately need people like Mrs. Phinehas to recognize the situation. And Christians need to live so that the presence of God among us is still evident. -Jim MacIntosh

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